The innovation contest aims to encourage the documentation and sharing of innovative ideas and success stories from across the region, related to the priority themes in agriculture and food security and focusing on small scale farmers.
The contest is organized by Karianet together with partner organizations. They are looking for innovations by research institutions, farmers, and NGO’s. Innovations eligible are new ideas or new use of old ideas that help in solving a technical and/or a social problem, with a main focus on ideas that improve community livelihood; are sustainable, reproducible and achievable under the local conditions.
Knowledge Access for Rural Inter-connected Areas Network (KariaNet) is a partnership between the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Partners in this competition are Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARINENA) , the Regional Centre on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development for the Near East (CARDNE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Office for the Near East (FAO/RNE).
If you are interested to participate or know an individual or organization you would want to nominate, check out the website: http://neareast.fao.org/pages/Innovation/Background.aspx.
Nominations will be accepted from April 15, 2013 until June 16th, 2013.